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Framingham, Mass. – IDC is projecting worldwide second quarter PC shipments to have declined 11.7 percent, continuing the downward trend for the category started last year.
IDC’s Monthly PC tracker follows the 13.3 percent decline during the first quarter of the year and the overall 4 percent drop experienced in 2012.
The research firm is forecasting a 4.7 percent fall off for the third quarter and 1.6 percent dip for the fourth quarter resulting in an overall 7.8 percent decrease in PC shipments for 2013, as compared to 2012.
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Emeryville, Calif. — LeapFrog announced its newest kids tablet, the company’s first with built-in Wi-Fi.
The LeapPad Ultra features a 7-inch touchscreen with 1,024 by 600 resolution, 800MHz processor, 8GB of internal storage, built-in Wi-Fi and parental controls. It has a 2-megapixel front and back camera and a video recorder that can take 480p video. Unlike the previous-generation LeapPad2, the MP3 player on the Ultra is built in. It also has a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery for the first time.
Stamford, Conn. – Gartner became the latest research firm to forecast a double-digit drop in shipments and massive tablet growth for 2013.
Desktop and notebook computer shipments are set to decline 10.6 percent to 305.2 million units worldwide this year and continue falling another 5.3 percent to 289.2 million in 2014.
Meanwhile tablet shipments will grow 67.9 percent to 201.8 million in 2013 and 36.8 percent to 276.2 million next year.
Santa Clara, Calif. — Touch-sensor glass production is forecast to grow dramatically as new touch technologies begin to take hold, according to NPD DisplaySearch.
The research firm expects total sensor glass yield to hit 35.9 million square meters by 2015, up from 25.5 million square meters in 2013 and 12 million square meters last year.
San Francisco — Apple launched a major redesign and upgrade of its mobile OS for iPhones and iPads in the face of growing competition from competitors such as Samsung.
The new iOS will be available in the fall for the iPhone 4 and later for the iPad 2, iPad Mini and the fifth-generation iPod Touch.
Framingham, Mass. — Almost 2 billion connected devices will ship worldwide next year, according to an IDC report.
The company’s “Worldwide Quarterly Smart Connected Device Tracker” report stated that 1.7 billion connected devices (smartphones, tablets and computers) will ship by 2014. The majority of the devices, about 650 million, will ship to the BRIC nations — Brazil, Russia, India and China — while the developed markets that include the United States, U.K. and Japan will account for 400 million units.
New York – Toshiba today updated its computer lineup, making touchscreens optional on almost all of its laptops and adding a stylus-equipped high-end tablet.
The company also updated its all-in-one (AIO) computer line with a new industrial design so they now resemble Toshiba’s televisions, said Mark Lackey, product manager, digital products division.
Taipei, Taiwan — Acer began its Computex Taipei product rollout by introducing an 8-inch Windows 8 tablet and two upgraded Ultrabooks.
Two versions of the W3 tablet are on sale for pre-order starting today. The 64GB version is priced at $429 and the 32GB model at $379. Both will ship within a few weeks, the company said.
Round Rock, Texas — Dell’s board today recommended that the company accept the $24.4 billion buyout bid led by Dell founder, chairman and CEO Michael Dell and the investment firm Silver Lake.
Dell and Silver Lake will pay $24.4 billion, or about $13.65 per share, and take the company private.
The bid won out over several others, including one by Carl Icahn. The Blackstone Group also put in and removed a bid on the company.
San Diego – ecoATM, the company that allows consumers to recycle used mobile phones, tablets, and MP3 players for cash, now allows the option for users to donate the money they receive for recycling their old devices to the OK Strong Disaster Relief Fund.
In addition, ecoATM will match all donations to the OK Strong Fund to benefit those most affected by the May 19 and 20 tornados in Oklahoma.